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Essential motorhome accessories: Here’s everything you need to pack

What accessories do you need for a motorhome? We’ve all pondered it at some time or another, so Van Life Matters has published an all-encompassing list of essential motorhome accessories.

Knowing what motorhome equipment you’ll need, which gadgets could prove useful and what kit you can do without, is an important learning curve in motorhome ownership – after all, there’s only so much room for storage and that’s not taking into account your motorhome payload either.

Fear not though, with this list of motorhome must have accessories you won’t go too far wrong.

Essential motorhome accessories

Think of this list as the ‘starter pack’ – these are the must have motorhome accessories and essential motorhome equipment that you’ll need to enjoy your adventures.

  • Pair of levelling chocks
  • Pair of mud mats/ grip mats
  • Pair of chocks
  • 240V electric cable
  • 16A to 13A socket adapter
  • Additional security devices
  • Sat nav
  • Dashcam
  • Reverse camera
  • Bedding and mattress topper
  • Thermal cab window blinds
  • Washing line and pegs
  • Door mat
  • Portable water container
  • Funnel
  • Collapsible bucket
  • Hosepipe and fittings
  • Selection of bungee straps
  • Gas
  • Basic tool kit
  • Spare bulbs and fuses
  • Leisure battery
  • Portable leisure battery charger/conditioner
  • Rechargeable torch/lantern

Motorhome safety equipment

You’ll want to keep your motorhome and those in it safe and secure, so you’ll need to consider getting this list of essential motorhome safety equipment.

  • Smoke alarm
  • Fire blanket
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • First aid kit
  • Warning triangle

Motorhome kitchen essentials

It’s really frustrating if you realise that you’ve left something as important as a tin opener at home.

Here are the kitchen essentials to pack in your motorhome.

  • Tin opener
  • Cooking utensils
  • Chopping board
  • Pots and pans
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Plastic glassware
  • Kettle
  • Washing-up bowl
  • Tea towels
  • Scorers
  • Washing-up liquid

Motorhome personal hygiene essentials

  • Toilet
  • Toilet paper and chemicals
  • Shower gel and shampoo
  • Towels and flannels
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Motorhome cleaning equipment

  • Small vacuum cleaner
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Duster
  • Multipurpose disinfectant
  • Disposable gloves
  • Cloths

Fun motorhome accessories

What are motorhomes if they’re not fun? While this list isn’t strictly-speaking ‘essential’, we think that having fun is pretty important.

  • Hammock
  • Air lounger
  • Board games/ card games

Nice-to-have Motorhome gadgets

If you’ve got yourself a motorhome, chances are you like a little luxury.

Here’s a list of motorhome gadgets to consider if you’ve still got the space and you’re vehicle remains underweight.

  • Portable BBQ
  • Motorhome Wifi
  • Awning
  • Collapsible outdoor furniture
  • Portable washing machine
  • Portable outdoor shower
  • Outdoor carpet/mat
  • Windbreak
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Picnic blanket
  • Citronella
  • Second leisure battery

Motorhome holiday essentials

So, you’re all packed-up, you’ve got everything you need – or have you?

  • Club membership details you may need for campsites
  • Breakdown cover
  • Charging cables
  • Login details for any motorhome apps you may need

How to pack a motorhome

While it’s useful to have a starting point list, everyone is different and you’ll soon realise there’s something you need that you haven’t packed. The best advice is to get out there and enjoy your camper – you’ll soon realise if there’s something missing and you’ll be better prepared for the next adventure.

Equally, if there’s something you’ve got tucked away in a storage locker that you haven’t used, you’ll know that it can make-way for the accessories you need in your motorhome.

Remember though, as you accumulate more motorhome kit, you’re adding more weight and reducing your usable payload.

By focusing on the motorhome essentials, you’ll remain clutter-free and underweight.

Once you have these, you can fill any empty cupboard space with fun motorhome accessories without fearing that you’ve forgotten something crucial.

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